Panvel is the most populated city in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is known as the gateway of Konkan region. The city is the headquarters of the Panvel sub-division of Raigad district. Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Panvel are Ketki Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan (Tariff - Rs. 800), and Sai Farms Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Panvel is Marathi.
Ceremony of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami and Ganeshotsav are the poplar festivals celebrated in Panvel.
Places to visit
Tourist places around Panvel are Karnala fort (10 kms), Karnala bird sanctuary (13 kms), Shirdhon (8 .4 kms) Matheran (50 kms) and Ballaleshwar Pali (2 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Panvel is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (30 kms)
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway.
There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the national highway & NMMT stand near railway station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Thane and Vashi. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Panvel include Inter City Travels, Neeta Travels, Naik Travels, Raja Travels, National Tourist and Paulo Travels. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling
Ashti is a small hamlet in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra. This small village is located in the Khed taluka in Ratnagiri district and is at an approximate distance of 17 km from Khed. Ashti is a sparsely populated region. The residents of Ashti earn their living through occupations that involve farming and fishing. A large percentage of residents have moved to Africa and the Middle East for better work opportunities. Islam is the main religion that is followed in Ashti.
Places to Stay
Ashti is a small village and has homestays and lodges where visitors can stay. Khed which is 17 km away from Ashti has some good budget hotels. Some of them include Hotel Sai (Tariff –Rs. 800), Hotel Poonam (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Upahar Lodge (Tariff –Rs. 800).
The official spoken language of Ashti is Marathi. People here also speak in Urdu and Hindi.
Some of the festivals and events that are celebrated in Ashti include Ganesh Chaturthi, Eid and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Some of the places around Ashti that attract tourists include Anjanvel (28 km away), Harnai (32 km away), Mahabaleshwar (40 km away) and Velneshwar (47 km away).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Ashti is Lohegaon. It is located about 124 km away.
Ashti does not have its own railway station. The nearest one is at Khed which is approximately 2 km away from the village.
The nearest bus station is in Khed, at an approximate distance of 5 km from the village. Some of the best bus operators to this destination include Neeta Travels and KPN Travels. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.